New COVID-19 restrictions have been introduced in and around Buenos Aires in an effort to prevent the recent rise of infections.
Argentina has received 864,000 shipments AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine via COVAX’s global immunization program, the government said Sunday, the day after protests broke out against the containment measures in place in the Buenos Aires region.
The doses from the Netherlands came after Argentina received 218,000 injections last month through COVAX, which was aimed at ensure equal access in lower income countries to the very essential vaccines.
The South American country has managed 6.2 million stabs since Its vaccine rollout began in December of last year, while about 800,000 people are considered to have been fully immunized after two doses.
However, Argentinians took to the streets on Saturday to protest new restrictions related to coronavirus in and around the capital Buenos Aires, into effect on Friday.
The new measures, including an 8pm curfew, closing schools and prohibiting activities in indoor public spaces, are expected to last until the end of the month.
Waving Argentina’s flags and chanting slogans against President Alberto Fernandez, many protesters opposed a 15-day personal suspension decision, which went into effect on Monday.
The restrictions affect the capital and its peripheries, an area with 15 million people.
Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, the head of the city government, said last week that Buenos Aires “totally disagreed.[s] with the national government’s decision to close schools ”.
“Yesterday, the national government decided to disrupt the dialogue and consensus mechanism that we have had for over a year,” Larreta said at a press conference. “I want to be very clear: we are not allowed to consult on any measures to be taken”.
Fernandez, the president, said Argentina needed “more time” to deal with an emerging pandemic.
“The virus is attacking us and is far from giving up,” he said when announcing the new regulations.
Last week, the Inter-American Health Organization to speak COVID-19 infections are on the rise in Argentina, among other countries in Latin America.
The recent surge in infections and hospitalizations has been driven in part by the discovery of new, more contagious variants of the virus across the region, including a strain was first discovered in Brazil.
Argentina reported more than 2.67 million COVID-19 infections and at least 59,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
However, some business owners said they would not be subject to the new restrictions in Buenos Aires.
“The president does what he has to do. I disagree with these measures, ”a 63-year-old bar owner named only Marcelo in the Almagro neighborhood told Reuters news agency. “It was very difficult last year.”
Argentina has seen a sharp increase in poverty during the pandemic.
The National Institute of Statistics and Census earlier this month said about 12 million people in urban areas can not afford a basic food basket or essential services in the second half of 2020.